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Grand Park fireworks
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7 places to see fireworks without worrying about parking or your car


We love 4th of July fireworks, but sometimes our aversion to traffic and tight parking is enough to keep us away (we’re looking at you, waterfront Westside fireworks shows). Thanks to our ever-expanding Metro system, you can stay off the road on the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking to save on the hassle and price of parking or are planning to take advantage of these drink specials, ditch your car this Independence Day and scope out one of these Metro-accessible fireworks shows.

Grand Park

The crowds pack in pretty tight at Grand Park, and the fireworks are never quite as big as people hope—it is in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles, after all—but the Fourth of July Block Party is by far the most convenient, Metro-accessible fireworks show.

Nearest Metro stop: Civic Center/Grand Park (Red/Purple Lines)

Exposition Park

Walk through Exposition Park to the south lawn (between the Natural History Museum and the Memorial Coliseum) and you’ll find a family-friendly festival during the day. Stick around into the nighttime and you’ll have a front row seat to the fireworks show at the stadium.

Nearest Metro stops: Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC (Expo Line)

Long Beach

You don’t need to be aboard the Queen Mary to see Long Beach’s fireworks show; you’ll have a view of the show from nearly anywhere along the waterfront. Follow the throngs of people to Shoreline Park if you want one of the closest (but most crowded) views.

Nearest Metro stop: Downtown Long Beach (Blue Line) 

Old Town Pasadena

The Rose Bowl shuttle doesn’t run during Americafest, which means enduring parking purgatory or hoofing it up and downhill from the Metro. Instead, the Colorado Street Bridge has a perfectly framed view of the fireworks, but space is tight and the freeway sits in the foreground. Alternatively, watch from the rooftop of any of the parking garages in Old Town; you’ll be a little bit farther from the fireworks, but being steps from Pasadena’s best bars more than makes up for it.

Nearest Metro stops: Memorial Park and Del Mar (Gold Line)

Hollywood Bowl

Disco and funk legend Nile Rodgers and his outfit Chic have the distinction of playing the Hollywood Bowl’s annual fireworks spectacular over three nights. There’s a shuttle that departs from Hollywood & Highland, but if you’re alright with a slight uphill climb, walking is just as convenient.

Nearest Metro stop: Hollywood/Highland (Red Line)

Dodger Stadium

You’ll need to hop on the free (with your game ticket) Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station, but it’s easy enough to catch fireworks from Chavez Ravine without driving. You’ll have two chances to down a beer and a Dodger Dog ahead of the fireworks show, on both July 4 and 5.

Nearest Metro stop: Union Station (Red/Purple/Gold Lines)

South Pasadena

South Pasadena’s annual Festival of Balloons unfortunately involves neither the hot air nor Thanksgiving parade type of balloon. But it does precede a fireworks show at South Pasadena High School, which is less than a 15 minute walk from the Metro.

Nearest Metro stop: South Pasadena (Gold Line)

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